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Preview: Detective Comics #953

Detective Comics #953

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Christian Duce (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“League Of Shadows” part four! Help arrives from a surprising – and unwanted – source… one of Batman’s greatest foes!

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It’s Dark Days Ahead for the DC Universe

DC Comics has announced a massive event this summer, writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV collaborate with iconic artists Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. for Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1.Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of THE FORGE and THE CASTING will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.

Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of The Forge and The Casting will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.

Snyder in the announcement says that Dark Days posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when he started on Batman. This is something that’s been hinted at over the years with Easter eggs and clues. The event ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. The two issues are a prelude to an event that’s been developing for years.

Visually powering this event is a master class of artists, including Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr., who will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with Dark Days, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, that further enriches the DC Universe.

DC has said to expect more information about the comic event at upcoming conventions like WonderCon, Fan Expo Dallas and C2E2 over the coming months.

Review: Batwoman #1

Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV weave an interesting and diverse tale in Batwoman #1 the return of the character to her own ongoing series. This isn’t just a Rebirth, it is an awakening of a compelling and interesting story where a fluff line used to reside. There’s real emotion and a real story being told and I’m more than happy to allow myself to get engaged in it and take this arc up on its offer for what seems to be a very compelling ride. The women in this story are strong, vulnerable, relatable and human. There are layers to everything that peek through the surface and pull you in deeper. The beginning of the “Many Arms of Death” storyline has Kate’s chickens coming home to roost as she finds herself living on her yacht and hunting down the surge of a lethal drug that has hit the streets of Cortana. We not only get to see Batwoman in action, without the brooding caped crusader stealing her thunder but, we get to learn a little bit more about her lost years which it turns out weren’t all parties and passion.

Steve Epting and Jeromy Cox provide some really cool, muted and realistic art for the panels in this issue. The colors only pop when that red hair is in the middle of kicking some ass, keeping the focus on our somber hero. The rest of the time the art stays muted and dark which matches the tone of the story of a killer street drug on an island of criminals. There’s a sense of danger, foreboding and death that lingers in the edges of the panels that makes the story feel real and dark but, also engaging.

There isn’t a useless panel, word, or action in any of the pages of this story. Each conversation, fight, intel gathering computer screen flash is meaningful and important. Everything moves the story forward and engages the reader giving off flashes of insight to air of mystery that surrounds Batwoman. You can’t help but be drawn in and fascinated by everything about the character and the writers put the focus squarely on her, literally and figuratively. There is also not a trace of Batman which means that we are treated to a Batwoman story and arc that is, gasp, all about Batwoman as it should be.

Bennett and Tynion give her character some much-needed urgency and fire. Having established Kate’s sexuality in the previous start-up issue, Bennett doesn’t revisit it outside of a flashback showing that there may have been something going on between Kate and someone from the island. The way Bennett chose to have this play out is brilliant, she isn’t washing over her sexuality nor is she exploiting it. Having established it already it allows the story to continue, like in real life because no one goes about their daily business professing their sexuality.  This choice normalizes something that is normal and allows us to get to know the character better and, doesn’t use her being a lesbian as a gimmick or as a diversity red herring. There’s something to be said about being able to tell a compelling story without the use of cheap tricks AND still having diversity and inclusion in the story.

Overall, I found this issue a fast, compelling, well-written read and I can’t wait until the next installment in, if this opening issue is any indication, what I am sure will be a very interesting arc and a wonderful upgrade to the Batwoman legacy and series.

Story: Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV Art: Steve Epting and Jeromy Cox
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Review: Batwoman #1

At last – Batwoman is back in her own ongoing series! On the island nation of Coryana, anything goes for members of the criminal underworld… and during her lost years after being drummed out of the military, Kate Kane found a kind of refuge there. But now, a deadly new bioweapon is available in the markets of Coryana, and Batwoman will have to face up to the things she did in those days… and the people she left behind, some of whom would be happier to see her dead than alive!

Batwoman #1 is an interesting one for me in that I thought the Batwoman: Rebirth issue was a bit of a letdown, but this “first issue” written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV somehow redeems it with callbacks that aren’t vital to know to enjoy the read. This issue takes place post “Night of the Monster Men” storyline with Kate Kane running around initially trying to find out who’s dealing Monster Venom which is exactly what it sounds like, it turns people into monsters. Think suicide bombers… but monsters.

But, Kate is really trying to figure out who’s dealing the drugs and gets a clue from the action that kicks off the issue. Overall, there’s not a lot in the issue beyond set up. Basically, the whole issue revolves around finding a clue and exploring that. But that’s the point of the issue. It’s goal is to get the story arc going. We don’t hit the ground running here instead it lets readers know a bit about the various players and what they should expect going forward. It’s all building and as I said, it makes me rethink the Rebirth issue due to the inclusion of Coryana which takes up a few pages of that prologue issue. It had me going back to it and you’ll notice some visual things presented there that didn’t quite make sense but make a bit more now.

What really stands out is the art by Steve Epting. There’s been some amazing artists on previous Batwoman comics, so Epting has some big shoes to fill, but he puts his own spin on it all. What I like about Epting’s style is that it reminds me of his work on the female-led spy thriller Velvet. You can see a lot of parallels between the two and thinking of what he brought to that series, I’m really looking forward to seeing more of his art after this first issue.

The first issue as I said is a decent read. It has a goal of getting things moving and introducing us to what makes Batwoman stands out. It does that all and then some. I think the issue was missing a bit of meat, because as I got to the end it felt like a quick read. This is one that might have been helped with an expanded first issue or this specific issue will read better as a trade. It’s a good start though. We get a good sense of the key characters and mixed with the art it has more of a spy/action film vibe standing out from current takes on Batman. A good start that has me looking forward to the second issue.

Story: Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV Art: Steve Epting
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Batwoman #1

Batwoman #1

(W) Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (A/CA) Steve Epting
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“The Many Arms Of Death” part one! At last – Batwoman is back in her own ongoing series! On the island nation of Coryana, anything goes for members of the criminal underworld… and during her lost years after being drummed out of the military, Kate Kane found a kind of refuge there. But now, a deadly new bioweapon is available in the markets of Coryana, and Batwoman will have to face up to the things she did in those days… and the people she left behind, some of whom would be happier to see her dead than alive! Writer Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) is joined by James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS) and superstar artist Steve Epting (Captain America, Velvet) to present an epic Batwoman story that will alter the course of her life forever! This one’s unmissable!

Preview: Detective Comics #952

Detective Comics #952

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Christian Duce (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“League Of Shadows” part three! Batman’s team faces the League of Shadows, which believes in only one thing: complete and utter destruction! The League’s plan for the city is revealed… but can even that secret compare to the bombshell that is the identity of Cassandra Cain’s mother?

Preview: The Woods #30

The Woods #30

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Price: $3.99

As Karen, Ben, and Sander confront Taisho, those left on Earth struggle with the recent revelations that the Bay Point students are still alive.

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Review: Batwoman: Rebirth 

batwomanrebirthcoverBatwoman: Rebirth starts off sweetly enough, Kate Kane headed out for birthday waffles and chocolate with her mother and twin sister. That’s where the sweetness ends.

James T. Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett serve up a story that brings the pain, the struggle, the strength and, the fire. We are treated to a back story for the ages complete with a rescue mission, a lesbian love affair, a fall from grace and, a triumphant return from the ashes to turn her into the hero that Batwoman becomes. There is passion in the pages that draws the reader into the fire behind Kane’s fight, telling the story of a woman who loses her family, finds herself, loses herself and, becomes reborn. We get to see first hand the struggles, the pain, the heartache and, the love that drives her.

Bennett and Tynion serve up Kane’s past on a silver platter, we watch the moment that made her want to fight, the love affair that sent her into exile, the year out of sight that showed her the demons that haunted her and, how Batman came into her life and trained her to be his equal in every way. This story focused on Kate Kane and nothing more, she retained her agency, her goals and, her dreams. Everything that made her an equal to the man in black and,  everything that made her unique is laid out in the pages of this issue. Because of the source material, this could have easily turned into the story of how Batwoman was lost and found by Batman and made her everything she was. The writers could have made this just another Batman spin-off but, luckily for us, they chose to go another way.

Bennett, known for being an out queer writer, handles Kane’s sexuality flawlessly carrying over her talented portrayal of the character from Bombshells. She showcases her sexuality with great care making it part of who she is without making it all that she is. There is never a feeling that she is only a lesbian for shock value which is refreshing and makes her a multifaceted character in her own story instead of a sideshow. The reveal of her sexuality so early on in issue one helps in the character development and informs the reader about the things that drive her, by the discrimination and slick side comments she’s faced.

Steve Epting and Ben Oliver‘s artwork is sleek and stylized without being overly sexual or adding a male gaze to the character. You can tell she is a woman and you can tell she has relationships with other women, without it feeling cheap or unnecessary. Each panel is detailed and well thought out drawing you into the story and there’s a genuine feeling of involvement in Batwoman’s life. The art makes you feel like a fly on the wall in a good way.

Overall between the storytelling and the art, this issue felt sincere, smart, well thought out, and engaging. There wasn’t a lot of action but, there didn’t need to be, it was about human connection, the things that drive us and, make us into what we become.

Story: James T. Tynion IV & Marguerite Bennett Art: Steve Epting & Ben Oliver
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Gotham Weekly Discusses Two Weeks of Batman Comics

This week on Gotham Weekly, our hosts battle some slight sound issues to talk about the past two weeks of Batman family comics.

Included in this episode is:

Batman #16 by Tom King and David Finch
Nightwing #14 by Tim Seeley and Marcus To
Batgirl #7 by Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose
All-Star Batman #7 by Scott Snyder, Tula Lotay
Detective Comics #950 by James Tynon IV, Marco Takara, Alvaro Martinez, Eddy Barrows
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #7 by Julie and Shawna Benson, Chloe Roe
Red Hood And The Outlaws #7 by Scott Lobdell and Miko Colik

Preview: Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Batwoman: Rebirth #1

(W) Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (A) Ben Oliver (A/CA) Steve Epting
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $2.99

The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she’s going, in this one-shot prologue to the first big Batwoman epic, “The Many Arms Of Death”!

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